New Date: Monday, 18 February at 6:00pm.
For reasons beyond our control, this talk has been rescheduled to Monday 18/2 (was Tuesday 19/2). Please update your diaries accordingly. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Launching SMSA’s new program of evening talks, Peter FitzSimons brings to life the 1854 battle at the Eureka Stockade, the events which caused it and changes to Australia’s societal fabric that occurred after the massacre.
In 1854, Victorian miners fought a deadly battle under the flag of the Southern Cross at the Eureka Stockade. Though brief and doomed to fail, the battle is legend in both our history and in the Australian mind. Henry Lawson wrote poems about it, its symbolic flag is still raised, and even the nineteenth-century visitor Mark Twain called it: “ a strike for liberty”.
Was this rebellion a fledgling nation’s first attempt to assert its independence under colonial rule? Or was it merely rabble-rousing by unruly miners determined not to pay their taxes?